Solo and Duo Releases


• List of Bread Songs
• Bread Releases
• Solo & Duo Releases–Parts 1 & 2
• Related Groups
  • UK releases are shown in green. James Griffin's duet with Terry Sylvester on "Travellin' Boy" is mentioned here.
  • Years shown are of original release.
  • Links to photos of record labels, album covers, etc. are occasionally added.
  • Letters in "Notes" column are explained in the footnotes at the bottom of the page.  An asterisk (*) by the letter indicates some special links from the footnote to multiple photos of the record.
  • For the Hard-Core Griffin Collectors:  A compilation of records (hopefully not too confusing) on the Discogs site includes foreign and promo releases (many not included on this Bread site) and needs to be examined carefully. Included is an EP titled "Six Tracks from His Forthcoming [second] Polydor Album" (Polydor 2800 102) which was released in 1976 in both Germany and the U.K.
    ALSO: The site has a listing which includes a single on the Centaurus label whose songs appear on the second Polydor LP.
    AND A French EP with songs from "Summer Holiday" is shown here.
    (Undoubtedly on the World Wide Web, there is more.)



label & no.A & B sidesyear
Reprise 20114Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys / It's A Free Country1962 
Reprise 20161What Kind Of Girl Are You / A Little Like Lovin' You1963 
Reprise 20178Summer Holiday / Love Letters In The Sand1963 
Reprise 20221Little Miss Cool / Marie Is Moving1963 
Reprise 0268My Baby Made Me Cry / All My Loving1964 
Reprise 0280Running To You / Gotta Lotta Love (Ciribiribin)1964 
Reprise 0304Try / You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You1964 
Imperial 66108Walking To New Orleans / These Are The Times1965F
Imperial 66152He Will Break Your Heart / Hard Row To Hoe1966 
Viva 611The Miracle Worker / Lookin' So Much Better1967A F2
Viva 627Thank You Love / The Light Of Your Mind1968B F2
Viva 642The Miracle Worker / Thank You Love1970B R
Polydor 14213Breakin' Up Is Easy / Melody Maker1973B
Polydor 2066 407Breakin' Up Is Easy / Melody Maker1974B
Polydor 14236 (promo)She Knows (stereo) / She Knows (mono)1974B
Polydor 14236She Knows / Beachwood Band1974B
Polydor 2066 468She Knows / Father And Son1974B
Polydor 14282How Do You Say Goodbye / Treat Her Right1975B
Polydor POSP 466Please Come Into My Life (duet with Terry Sylvester) /
If You Give Your Love To Me (duet with Terry S.)
1982D X
Shoe SHO-1Lonely Girls / Heartbeat1982B G
Holly & Lilacs (CD single)For All We Know (duet with Holly)2005E H

(The " – " indicates no release in the indicated format; e.g.,
this mark in the LP column would indicate digital release only.)

labelLP no.CD no.titleyear
RepriseR-6091/R9-6091Summer Holiday1963I
no label
510226Summer Holiday / The Reprise Years2004I2
Real Gone MusicRGM-0068Summer Holiday2012I3
PolydorPD-6018See Footnote
J below.
Breakin' Up Is Easy1974C J J2* J3* K N
Polydor2391-113Breakin' Up Is Easy1974C J K N
AFRTSRL 39-4James Griffin & Roy Buchanan1975?M N
Polydor2391-274James Griffin1977B K L* N X
PolydorPOLD-5063Griffin & Sylvester1982D X
no label or number indicated
(cassette only)
James Griffin's Greatest Hits
(A Legend in My Own Mind)
no label
no number
Griffin & Sylvester
(expanded with 3 bonus tracks)     
1999D M3
no number
Jimmy Griffin2010N2
Hux 136Just Like Yesterday: The Solo
JAGARCCD1Jimmy Griffin Archive Series:
Volume 1
JAGARCCD2Jimmy Griffin Archive Series:
Volume 2
due in

More Noteworthy Albums

labelLP no.CD no.title and description
Polydor2383-394 Terry Sylvester: I Believe. James appears on a duet version of "Travellin' Boy" with production credited to Terry Sylvester & James Griffin. This duet does not appear on the U.S. version of the "I Believe" LP nor on any CD reissue. In its place is a solo version with production credited to Alan Parsons.1976X
no number
Cosmo & Robetta. Originally conceived as an animated film in the 1970s, this original soundtrack stands on its own and has several songs by Griffin including the original version of "Fly Away." CD is available and downloadable at CD Baby (click here). More description is on Page One.2010 
no number
The Many Songs of Michael Z. Gordon. A collection of songs by Michael Z. Gordon, Griffin's first major songwriting partner. The Gordon-Griffin songs include "Apologize" (artist: Brian Hyland), "Love Machine" (The Roosters), "Get The Message" (Bobby Vee), "Save A Love" (B. Vee; see the Vee CD collection, below), "Take Away" (B. Vee), "Brink Of Disaster" (Lesley Gore), "Something Else Altogether" (by Jimmy Griffin himself), "Lookin' So Much Better" (Jesse Lopez) and "Main Street" (Gary Lewis). Presently available only as a digital download; click here.2010 
no number
More! Of The Many Great Songs from Michael Z. Gordon. Another collection of Gordon songs including these collaborations with James Griffin: "The Other Me" (The Surprise Package), "Jessie" (Harpers Bizarre), "Apologize" (Ed Ames), "Get The Message" (Bobby Vee – also on collection just above!), "The Miracle Worker" (J. Griffin), "Hotel Indiscreet" (by Sagittarius with help from The Firesign Theatre), "Loving Two" (Peter Courtney), "It's A Long Way To Fall" (Michele Lee) and "Love Machine" (Pastoral Symphony). Presently available only as a digital download; click here. "Hotel Indiscreet" in this collection is the mono, single version by Sagittarius; the shorter, stereo version on the Sagittarius album "Present Tense" is without the Firesign theatrics.2011 
EMI Gold907 2062 Bobby Vee: Rarities. An essential collection for the Bobby Vee fan as it continues in the tradition of "The Essential and Collectable Bobby Vee" and "The Singles Collection" in revealing the wide variety of Bobby Vee's singing and writing talent. As with Bread and its individual members, Bobby Vee as he is best-known is not necessarily him at his best. Two Gordon-Griffin songs are featured: "Save A Love" (1966) and "Take Away" (1970). The former is revealed in the liner notes as a Vee-Griffin duet and is presented for the first time in stereo; the latter was originally available in a relatively obscure Vee cassette collection ("U. K. Tour '90"). Informative liner notes include James Griffin and David Gates in the list of Producers. This CD set with its digital download is reliably available from Amazon-UK. Amazon-US may only have the download.2011 


CDs and CD-ROMs for Samplers

IlioDouble Platinum Drums1996 
IlioDouble Platinum Rock Piano1999 

Regular Audio CDs

labelCD no.titleyear
Sonic Oasis/
MB Productions
SO-1001Adults Only2000O



label & no.A & B sidesyear
World Pacific 77817I Hear A Symphony / A Lover's Concerto1965P2


labelcatalog no.titleyear
World PacificWPS 1836(stereo)
WP 1836(mono)
"In" Harmonica1965P
World PacificWP 21838(stereo)
WP 1838(mono)
Boss Baroque1966P2
MCA6279Mountain Moods1989Q
Capitol93956Mountain Moods1990Q
Capitol94382Urban Gypsy1990Q


A = Released as by James Arthur Griffin.

B = Released as by James Griffin.

C = Released as by James Griffin & Co.

D = Released as by Griffin & Sylvester. Sylvester is Terry Sylvester, a former member of the Hollies.

E = Released as by Holly with James Griffin. Holly is Holly Cieri.

F = "These Are The Times" appears to be the first of Griffin's compositions to be released on a 45 by him.

F2 = Sometimes the matrix numbers are given in place of the catalog numbers for these records in discographies, catalogs and other listings: Matrix nos. for V-611 are V-190 and V-191; matrix nos for V-627 are V-294 and V-295.

G = One finds in recent Griffin biographies the fashionably oft-repeated sentence: "Shoe Records in Memphis issued a number of his singles." However, over the past two dozen years or so, I have only been able to track down and obtain copies of this one.

H = This duet with country-style overdubbing was subsequently released on a CD single. Hopefully the "un-countryfied" version will appear in the new Jimmy Griffin Archive Series (see footnote N4 below).

I = This is the original 12-track LP. Digital reissues are listed separately below.

I2 = This particular "Summer Holiday" reissue CD is subtitled "The Reprise Years" and contains the 12 original tracks from the LP plus 7 of the Reprise 45 sides not originally appearing on the LP – including Griffin's very first release, "Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys." An alternate version of "Marie Is Moving" is added which is sung in Italian with the same accompaniment as the single (which is sung in English) and titled "Nei Baci Di Un Altro."

I3 = This reissue has the original 12 album tracks (in stereo) plus all 9 singles-only tracks (in mono) – thus representing all of the Reprise tracks released in the 1960s. As of 2011, the 12 album tracks have been downloadable on iTunes and This CD is on the Real Gone Music label and states it is manufactured by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. The Bear Family label lists this CD for sale on its website here. Perhaps Bear Family will someday get the idea to do a comprehensive box set of Jimmy Griffin's recording career! This could be decades from now in the midst of a real Bread Renaissance.

J = On the track "Goin' Back To Boston," synthesizer artist Michael Iceberg is featured. In early 2002, the "Breakin' Up Is Easy" LP was reissued on CD by the Japanese Dreamsville label but at an exorbitant price.

J2 = Coming with the earlier copies of the "Breakin' Up Is Easy" LP in the U.S. was an inner sleeve showing session details. Here are photos: Front and back. Note the two tracks done while Bread was still together: "She Knows" and "Love You Till The Cows Come Home." David Gates (as "David" or "Dave") is listed as playing bass on both songs and 12-string guitar on "She Knows."

J3 = Photos of the 8-track issue of this LP are here and here. The latter photo shows the protective cover. Note the order of the songs.

K = In early 2013, both Polydor LPs were released on CD (with two extra, bonus tracks) which has yet to appear on this table. Click here for details on the Main Page.

L = Photos of the "James Griffin" LP (i.e., the 1978 UK release of the original 1977 LP released in Germany): Front cover, back cover, details from back cover (track listing and origin of LP), and the record labels (side 1 and side 2).

M = Records pressed on the AFRTS label were intended for use by the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service primarily for broadcasts to armed forces personnel overseas. As per the photo, this LP contains 6 tracks selected from the "Breakin' Up Is Easy" LP by James Griffin and 5 from "That's What I Am Here For" by Roy Buchanan, another 1974 Polydor LP.

M2 = This was a self-promotional cassette with very limited distribution to interested parties. Photos of the inserts are here and here, and the cassette itself is shown here. (Personal phone numbers are hidden.) See the Nashfilms Records CD (and note N2 below) for the officially-released collection of demos.

M3 = Six tracks are included on the French Terry Sylvester CD compilation "Complete Works" (Magic Records 3930048).

N = Includes participation by all 5 members who have been in Bread.

N2 = This is the first official collection of previously-unreleased Griffin songs. In the U.S., has the album here along with downloadable MP3s.

N3 = This is a historically noteworthy James Griffin release consisting of his two Polydor LPs from the 1970s (noted in the album list) along with two bonus live tracks. This CD was released in early 2013 by Hux Records in Europe. Track listings and other information are here, and it is available from Amazon/U.K. where you can read some great reviews.

N4 = Some more information about Volume 1 is here. Several more volumes in the Archive Series are being planned.

O = See the notes on the CD Baby album page where you can also sample and download the tracks. Mike's action-packed video of "The Wait" is here; it was originally on a bonus CD-ROM along with "Adults Only" on CDBaby.

P = A Larry Knechtel solo release under the name "Larry Nelson." (Catalog nos. apply to LP. Tape and CD releases doubtful.)

P2 = Released as by The Carmel Strings featuring Larry Knechtel. Sometimes thought of as a Larry Knechtel solo release. (Catalog nos. apply to LP. Tape and CD releases doubtful.)

Q = Catalog number applies to whatever form the album has been released in. I am unaware if these have been released as CD, cassette and LP, and I would appreciate clarification. Some listings of "Mountain Moods" have been as "Mountain Woods," and this mistake was reproduced herein previously.

R = Reissue single.

X = Records released in Europe containing material not concurrently available in the U.S.

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